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MUNGER

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On 16th September, Swami Gyanbhikshu attended the annual function of the Swami Dayananda Saraswati Arya Samaj Utthan Samsthan, Munger. He spoke on the tradition and masters of Satyananda Yoga.

The joy of Kabir bhajans

From 5th to 7th September, Prahlad Singh Tipanya and his group of musicians enchanted all residents, students and guests with his rendering of Kabir songs.

The first evening, Prahladji filled the Akhara with his soul-stiring music, the next evening the amphitheatre in Satyam Vatika was the scene of his performance, and the last evening he brought, Kabirdas to Paduka Darshan.

Prahladji on tamboura and kartal was accompanied by Ajay Tipanya on dholak, drum; Dev Narayan Sarolia on violin; Dharmendra Tipanya with manjira; and Guru Charan on harmonium. The whole group accompanied Prahladji singing the Kabir bhajans.

Lakshmi-Narayana Mahayajna

From 8th to 12th September, the fourth Lakshmi-Narayana Mahayajna was held at Paduka Darshan, Sannyasa Peeth. The first day, being the birthday of Swami Sivananda, was dedicated to the paramguru of the Satyananda Yoga tradition. The following days were dedicated to Ganesha, Ma Lakshmi, Narayana and Sri Swami Satyananda, whose Sannyasa Diwas is commemorated on 12th September.

Acharyas from Tryambakeshwar, Nasik, led by Sri Lokeshji, performed the daily aradhana for the yajna. The sannyasa trainees chanted stotras and mantras in honour of the gurus and to invoke the Divine.

On the second day of the program, Swamiji initiated 1 75 aspirants into mantra, 54 into jignasu and 28 into karma sannyasa. The newly-initiated disciples performed sahasrarchana while

Ganesha Sahasranama was chanted. 108 coconuts, representing the egos of disciples, were broken by Swami Gorakhnath, acharya of the Bihar School of Yoga. In addition, 1000 offerings of durva grass were made. The following day, 108 selected men and women performed sahasrarchana and made offerings of nine items to Mother Lakshmi during the chanting of the Lakshmi Sahasranama. On the fourth day, sahasrarchana was dedicated to Sri Narayana who was offered nine items by 108 people to the chanting of the Vishnu Sahasranama.

Throughout the yajna, Swamiji spoke on pancharatra, a Vaishnava system of tantra. He explained that 'ratra' means jnana. Through adhyatmic jnana we come to understand the relationship between Brahma, jiva, the individual soul, and jagat, the world. Muktipada jnana removes tamas from life, and the yogic jnana is the highest yoga, namely kundalini yoga. Swamiji explained samsaravishayak jnana as the knowledge through which one's daily life is harmonized and spiritualized and one's environment beautified. Bhakti jnana is the fifth jnana. The aim for all five is attaining bhakti.

Swamiji described two forms of bhakti: sakara and nirakara, the first being the way and the second the experience. The main basis of bhakti is seva, being able to see God in every being, and offering love and surrender, which is the principle of Sri Swami Satyananda.

The presence of Devi was felt in the form of Swami Satyasangananda, Peethadhishwari of Rikhiapeeth, who graced the yajna on the last two days. She asked everyone to take the flame of the yajna with them in their hearts and worship it. Speaking on Sri Swamiji, she said that he always gave and gave. She invited everyone to thank him for what he has given to us, namely, "himself in the form of Swami Niranjan."

Between listening enraptured to the satsang, and following the aradhana of the pandits, the audience was delighted to watch the daily dance performances, classical and modern, of BYMM children and members of YYMM. The 'blue brigade', the youngest members of the BYMM, had their first stage appearance performing to a song by Swami Sivananda. The Yuvas demonstrated advanced yogasanas to perfection in a beautifully orchestrated sequence. They also presented their dance skills for the first time.

For the evenings of the last two days, the doors to Paduka Darshan were open for the screening of Satyam, the feature film on Sri Swami Satyananda's life.

The yajna was an experience of joy and connection to the Divine. All participants left their hearts filled with inspiration, gratitude and the determination to take the spirit of the yajna into their daily lives.

PROPAGATION

Bharat Yoga Yatra

From 18th to 21st September, Swami Niranjanananda conducted programs at the Tyagraj Sports Stadium in Delhi.

In the early morning sessions, Swamiji gave the asana and pranayama classes and explained the origin, theory and purpose of yogasanas, pranayama and hatha yoga. He said that the three stages of asana practice are: 1) to make the body supple; 2) to make the body healthy, the therapeutic purpose; and 3) for inner growth.

In the mid-morning Q&A sessions, Swamiji received a broad spectrum of questions concerning life, the spiritual quest, yoga for children and mothers and sannyasa.

On the first evening session, the Ex-Vice Chancellor of Delhi University, Professor Upendra Baxi, spoke on yoga as technique, culture and sadhana. In his satsang, Swamiji developed the various branches of yoga and referred to the chief propagators of yoga in the 20th century. Over the next days, Swamiji developed the satsang topics on tantra, the spiritual journey through the chakras, and spoke on Sri Krishna's teaching in the Bhagavad Gita; disciples and true discipleship; and answered questions ranging from obtaining good sleep to the concept of destiny and free will. He said that success is correct action plus correct thinking plus belief that one will achieve.

Between the programs at the Tyagraj Sports Stadium, Swamiji conducted sessions at CAG, Ministry of Finance; the PHD Chamber of Commerce; and the Railway Officers Club. He gave satsang and explained the relevance of yoga in daily life.

On the last day, Swamiji initiated 288 aspirants into mantra, 53 into jignasu and 19 into karma sannyasa.

Between 700 to 1500 participants attended the program. At the concluding session, a ten-minute-long standing ovation expressed their appreciation and gratitude.

West Bengal

From 24th to 28th August, Swami Gorakhnath conducted a shivir at the Haldia Refinery. About 200 Refinery family members participated. Yogic lifestyle as a means to reduce stress and improve general health was emphasized at the shivir.

Bihar

From 24th August to 4th September, a yoga shivir was conducted for the Police Lines, Munger. Classes of APMB, yoga nidra, meditation and mantra chanting were attended by over 350 officers and policemen trainees. Sannyasi Dharmavijay was assisted by Kunal, Ashwini, Ashish, Roshan and Rahul, all members of YYMM.

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Sannyasa Peeth Events

Sannyasa Peeth was established by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati on 6th December 2010, to fulfil the third mission and vision of his Guru, Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati.

In the modern context sannyasa has to be interpreted in a practical, logical and systematic way. The purpose of sannyasa is to cultivate and to live the higher spiritual qualities.

Sannyasa Peeth will provide an opportunity for sincere aspirants to imbibe the right samskara, be exposed to traditional sadhanas and learn to apply teachings by adhering to an alternative spiritual lifestyle based on the principles and disciplines of sannyasa.

Sannyasa Peeth will be conducting various events and programs for the benefit of spiritual seekers, aspirants and devotees.

For more information please see the activities page.

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For further details regarding the above events and courses please visit the Main Ashrams web site here>

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